New Health Care Bill Survey: Less Than Half of Republicans Support Bill

The new health care bill that recently passed in the House of Representatives has created quite a stir. Many Americans don’t seem to favor the bill very highly, according to a report from CBS news. In fact, AYTM’s survey results reveal that even Republicans are less than enthusiastic about the bill, with just under half saying they have a positive opinion of it. But changes may still come from a Senate re-write or other sources. So how many Americans like the idea of the new bill? And have opinions about the Affordable Care Act changed through all of this? We asked 1,000 respondents about their thoughts on the current state of American health care and about the new American Health Care Bill making its way through Congress.

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New Health Care Bill

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest online survey, just 21% of respondents said that they have a positive opinion of the new American Health Care Act. 49% described their opinion of the new health care bill as negative. And 30% were undecided or had no opinion. Of those who describe themselves as Republicans, 49% have a positive opinion of the bill. But just 11% of Democrats support the bill.

Additionally, 44% said that they have a positive opinion of the Affordable Care Act, popularly referred to as Obamacare. 36% have a negative opinion of Obamacare. And 19% were undecided or had no opinion. Just 18% of self-described Republicans said they have a positive opinion of Obamacare. But 73% of Democrats have a positive opinion of Obamacare.

Health Care Opinions

So what is it exactly that Americans care about when it comes to health care legislation? 71% said that they think it’s important for a bill to lead to lower health care costs overall. 69% consider protections for those with pre-existing conditions to be important. 65% would like to see lower health insurance premiums. 61% care about more people being able to access affordable health care. 49% consider subsidies for lower income individuals to be important. 40% would like to see the individual health insurance mandate eliminated. And 26% would like to see the employer health insurance mandate eliminated.

Future Outcomes

Looking forward, 22% of respondents said that they would be likely to vote for congressional representatives who support this new health care bill in the next election. 43% said they would be unlikely to do so. And 34% were neutral. But it’s possible that the Senate will actually re-work the current bill before making any changes official. So 40% of respondents said they would be likely to support a Senate re-write of the current bill. 19% would not support such a re-write. And 41% were neutral.

Overall, 70% of Americans believe that the new health care bill will directly impact them and members of their family. 64% do think that the current health care system (Obamacare) should be updated or changed in some way. But just 38% believe that it should be completely repealed.

Key Takeaways

The American Health Care Act does not seem to be very popular with many Americans. There were significant splits along party lines. But even among republicans, less than half actually described their opinions of the new health care bill as positive. And since a fair amount of people described themselves as independent or something other than Republican or Democrat, passing a bill this unpopular could have a definite impact on the next congressional election. However, most Americans do seem to support some changes to the current Affordable Care Act. So Congress could potentially be more successful, both in passing a bill and in upcoming elections, by taking smaller steps rather than a full repeal and replace measure.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

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What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on May 6 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.